HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW Medical Center

November 09, 2011 17:38 ET

Gluten Intolerance Could Be Making You Sick-Despite Negative Test Results

Correct Diagnosis and Treatment at HealthNOW Medical Center Is Restoring Good Health to Hundreds of Patients

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2011) - In the US, people with gluten intolerance suffer from a variety of ills for an average of ten years before they are correctly diagnosed. In fact, the vast majority of those with gluten intolerance, an umbrella term that includes celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, remain undiagnosed throughout their lives, despite visits to several doctors. One of the major reasons for this is improper and unreliable testing – which is quickly remedied at HealthNOW Medical Center.

Why is gluten intolerance testing so unreliable?

According to Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book "The Gluten Effect" and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center, there are three major reasons:

  • False negatives caused by inadequate sensitivity of the tests.
  • False negatives due to the test only being accurate for severe intestinal damage, which many patients suffering from neurological problems caused by gluten intolerance do not have.
  • Patient has stopped eating gluten at the time of the initial testing.
  • Doctors are uncomfortable prescribing one of the most accurate, back up tests, a 30 day elimination of gluten.

These problems can occur during initial testing, and in follow up tests after a patient who was correctly diagnosed initially has been on a gluten-free diet.

"I can't tell you how many times I have met a new patient suffering from ill health who tells me that they 'had' a diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten intolerance in the past, but it was later discovered that they were 'fine'," said Dr. Petersen. "They often mention that they felt much better when they were following a gluten-free diet, but the subsequent negative test result was enough to end their gluten-free lifestyle, and their improved health."

"A negative test, while on a gluten-free diet, doesn't mean that gluten is no longer a problem," Dr. Petersen explained, "it simply means that after you removed gluten there was improvement in your health status and the test no longer showed positive because gluten was no longer present in your system. On the other hand, these tests are so insensitive they often don't show positive even when there is a serious problem - so they certainly aren't going to be positive when there's no gluten being ingested."

"Some doctors tend to question the validity of the initial test when a follow up test is negative. Consequently, they tell the patient they can start eating gluten again. This is a grave error, brought about by a lack of understanding of how gluten intolerance works. As a result, the patient's health once again deteriorates, and because they've been told that gluten is no longer a problem, they have no hope of getting better. Correct diagnosis and treatment can restore optimum health and change a person's life. It's unfortunate that millions of people are still suffering simply because of unreliable tests and doctors not truly understanding the condition. At HealthNOW, we resolve these problems every day."

For more information on gluten intolerance testing and treatment, visit HealthNOW Medical Center. You can also set up a free consultation with Dr. Petersen.

About HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW is a unique medical clinic in Sunnyvale, California that combines the best of internal medicine, clinical nutrition, naturopathy, physical therapy and chiropractic. The team of doctors from these disciplines proactively work together to resolve patients' unique health problems and conditions. What really sets this medical center apart from most medical clinics highlights a very unfortunate fact about the medical industry, its emphasis on treating symptoms. HealthNOW is about what every medical clinic in the world should be: finding and fixing the root cause of health problems.

HealthNOW takes pride in being able to wean patients off drugs successfully by identifying the actual root cause of the problem. While dietary and nutritional factors are often causative agents, other contributing factors are identified and personalized for each patient through specialized lab tests to achieve a successful result. HealthNOW Medical Center treats patients from around the country as well as internationally. They created a Destination Clinic to cater to the needs of those visiting from out of state or out of the country.

Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN is co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center and the author of "The Gluten Effect". She has been featured in national magazines, international medical journals and is a frequent headlined speaker. She regularly blogs at Everyday Health,, Celiac Central and HealthNOW.

Dr. Petersen has also written an e-book entitled "Gluten Intolerance: What You Don't Know May Be Killing You". She is offering it free of charge to help the millions of people currently suffering from undiagnosed and untreated gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. The e-book is available for download at gluten intolerance.

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